Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Some announcements follow:  (1) A new job opening at Washington State; (2) post-doc at Alberta; and (3) openings for a national campaign focused on global poverty.   


(1) Assistant Professor. Washington State University, Department of Sociology in Pullman, WA invites applications for one permanent full‐time, nine‐month tenure‐track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2014 or January 2015, depending on time to degree. Duties include teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels related to environmental sociology and/or other areas of expertise, scholarship leading to publication, and service to the department, university, and the discipline. We also seek candidates who will advance the university’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism among faculty, staff, and students through research, teaching and community outreach. 

Requirements: PhD in sociology or closely related social science by employment start date. The area of primary specialization is environmental sociology. Candidates must have demonstrated research and teaching excellence, and show potential for generating external funding. Preference will be given to strong candidates whose research demonstrates capacity for interdisciplinary inquiry and methodological rigor while creating synergies with existing departmental strengths. (For information about the department, please see Application: submit a cover letter describing research and teaching interests, a current curriculum vitae, three samples of written work, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. syllabi and course evaluations), and request three letters of reference. These materials should be submitted online at Review of applications will begin January 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. WSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Protected group members are encouraged to apply. Please direct inquiries about the position to Scott Frickel, Search Committee Chair (



(2) Post-doctoral Fellow – Economics – Energy and Investment Policies

China Institute, University of Alberta

The China Institute of the University of Alberta is seeking a post-doctoral

fellow for a one year term with the possibility of extension.  Shorter

periods will also be considered.


The ideal candidate would have a PhD in economics, business studies,

political science or other relevant fields with established research

interests in Foreign Direct Investment, Energy economics, Investment and

trade policies. Knowledge of inward and outward investment policies of China

would be desirable, but not essential.


The successful candidate would be expected to work with Professor Gordon

Houlden, Director of the China Institute and other researchers in conducting

research on the Chinese energy sector, cooperation and collaboration between

Canada and China on energy issues.  This will include Canadian investment

policies involving Chinese investment flows into Canada and the Canadian

energy sector with regard to potential and actual Chinese investment.

Additional research topics may include Chinese outward investment flows into

other regions, and infrastructure investments in Canada to build export and

import capacity between Canada and Asia, as well as Chinese energy

relationships with China’s other energy partners.


The Post-doctoral Fellow would be welcome to also conduct research on

related topics of their own interest, and would be encouraged to publish

while at the China Institute. Fluency in English is required and strong

writing and analytical skills are essential.


The post-doctoral position will be accorded salary and benefits in

accordance with policies for post-doctoral fellows at the University of

Alberta. The China Institute would provide opportunities for the Fellow to

travel to conferences related to his/her field of research on behalf of the

China Institute.


Candidates should submit their Cover Letter, C.V. with references and one

relevant Writing Sample (25 pages or less) to Ms.  Jia Wang, Associate

Director, China Institute at





(3) I’m writing with The Borgen Project, a national campaign that is focused on global poverty. We’ve got a volunteer Regional Director opening and would love to have students or faculty involved with our efforts. We have other volunteer positions available and I’ve included more information about all our openings below. If you can forward this email to students and faculty that might be interested, I’d greatly appreciate it!  We currently have Regional Directors in over 160 U.S. cities ranging from college students and professors to news anchors and business leaders. It’s a neat group of volunteers who operate remotely and meet once a week via a national conference call. You can learn more about the program here. Thank you, Karen H. Lee

Positions at The Borgen Project  

– Regional Director

Location: Nationwide (Telecommute Volunteer Role)
Salary: Unpaid
Duration: 6 months
Hours: 4-6 hours per week

Regional Directors operate independently from home and maintain contact with The Borgen Project’s Seattle office. Regional Directors sign a 6-month contract. The position is volunteer and is roughly 4-6 hours per week. Regional Directors attend a conference call every Monday evening. Regional Directors come from many diverse backgrounds, some of which include a news anchor, veteran, banker, teacher, relief worker, political staffer, sales manager, programmer, and college students.


  • Attend one (30-60 minute) conference call every week with the President of The Borgen Project and Regional Directors from across the United States (5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT).
  • Meet with local congressional leaders and lobby for legislation that improves living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.
  • Mobilize people in your community to contact their congressional leaders to support poverty reduction legislation.
  • Manage and implement fundraising campaigns.
  • Build a network of people engaged in the cause.
  • Serve as The Borgen Project’s ambassador in your city.


  • Basic understanding of U.S. Politics and international development.
  • Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple functions and tasks while managing their work time efficiently.
  • Strong team player that loves to bring new ideas to the table.
  • Ability to demonstrate frequent independent judgment with decisiveness.
  • Excellent overall communication skills: oral, written, presentation

To apply, send your resume to

Learn more about the Regional Director Program

– Advocate

Location: Nationwide (Telecommute Volunteer Role)
Salary: Unpaid
Duration: 3-months
Hours: 4-hours per week

This is a great entry-level volunteer position for someone looking to be part of The Borgen Project. Advocates can operate from anywhere in the U.S.


  • Attend one (30-60 minute) national conference call every week (5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT).
  • Serve as an ambassador for the world’s poor. Build awareness of the issues and ways people can help.
  • Manage and implement fundraising campaigns.
  • Represent The Borgen Project’s in your city. Attend events and engage people in the cause.
  • Contact congressional leaders in support of key poverty-reduction programs.


  • Excellent overall communication skills: oral, written, presentation.
  • Ability to self-manage and prioritize assignments.

To apply, send your resume to

The Borgen Project fights for the underdog. The innovative, national campaign is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy. Learn more at

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